I think all of us — with the exception of a few Gen Z'ers — can all remember the feelings we felt when we first watched High School Musical. The catchy songs, the top-notch dance moves, the obsession with Troy and Gabriella's love, what a time it was when those Disney movies were a part of our lives. And while everything seemed peachy keen on the small screen, it seems as though that wasn't necessarily the case behind the scenes, especially for Taylor, played by Monique Coleman.
Keep reading to find out why.
She revealed to Insider that the real reason her character always wore headbands is because they didn't have hairstylists on set that knew how to properly style Black hair.
"We've grown a lot in this industry, and we've grown a lot in representation, and we've grown a lot in terms of understanding the needs of an African American actress," Coleman said. "But the truth is, is that they had done my hair, and they had done it very poorly in the front." That led to Taylor's constant headbands, which Coleman says was ultimately incorporated "into her character" and "a part of who she is."
And while situations like Coleman's are fewer than they were then, the reality is that many Black actresses still grapple with not being a priority behind the scenes. Our hope is that Coleman's coming out can help change that.